Author Archives: Eileen Nertney

Week 4: Last Day!

Where did 4 weeks go!? It seemed like they would stretch on for ages with all the different plans that were laid out for us. Alas, the final day of the course has arrived and we are busy putting together … Continue reading

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Week 3: Friday, already?!

The end of the third week is upon us already, and we already feel there is so much we need to do! It is safe to say by now, myself and Louise feel well integrated into the group and this is … Continue reading

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Week 3: Media Day!

Today was what we had christened Media Day. This meant sharing our insights with some interested parties from within the university on what exactly two teachers were doing in a science lab for the summer when they should by rights … Continue reading

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Week 3 – Planning time!

So two weeks of intensive “what are we doing today with plants?” days are over and we are now in the planning stages of the programme. It is up to myself and Louise to consider everything we have observed over … Continue reading

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Day 10 – Wonders of Wheat

Today’s activities were led by Lisa (http://www.ucd.ie/plantpalaeo/keogh.html), who is investigating the effects of raised and lower levels of carbon dioxide on crop productivity, whilst also taking into account the effect of temperature on these. Initially, I wasn’t sure just how … Continue reading

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Day 9 – Thermal Imaging & PEAC Labs

Today proved to be a jam packed day of information and new plants that we hadn’t previously seen in the PEAC site on the Rosemount part of campus, with our latest tour guide for the day Harry (http://www.ucd.ie/plantpalaeo/yiotis.html). Personally I … Continue reading

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Day 7 – Stomata Day!

Today we were working with Amanda (http://www.ucd.ie/plantpalaeo/porter.html), who is researching changes in CO2 levels in the Carboniferous-Permian glaciations. This meant lots of chat about stomata, the tiny pores generally found on the underside of the leaves that are used for gas exchange. … Continue reading

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